Atwood William Bittle

Atwood William Bittle

Atwood William Bittle, the son of Thomas Chalmers Bittle and Octavia Polk Atwood, was born Dec. 12, 1870, in Austin, Texas.  He married Celeste Edna Lastrapes and they were the parents of one daughter, Helen (Mrs. B. J. Beaulleau), who died in 1977.

Bittle attended Parson Seminary in Manor, Texas and Texas A & M, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1894.  He also attended the University of Chicago in 1912.

After graduation, he went to Washington, LA, as Principal of the high school there and remained in that position for 16 years.  In 1910, he came to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) as professor of mathematics.  After three years, he returned to Washington as Principal for additional three years.

In 1914 and 1916, Bittle was elected as Superintendent of Iberia Parish Schools and Terrebonne Parish Schools respectively, accepted both positions, then resigned before taking office.

In 1916, he returned to the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  In 1918, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Lafayette Parish, a position he held for four years before returning to U.S.L. as Business Manager, a position he held until he retired in 1941.

Because of his many years of service to the University, the student council paid tribute in 1940 to Bittle for his dedication of the A .W. Bittle Student Center at U.S.L.

Bittle died in Lafayette in 1951.

J. Arthur Roy was President of the School Board during Bittle's tenure as Superintendent.